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Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics which national Olympic committees have signed agreements for pre-London 2012 Olympic Games training camps in the UK; and what the location of the camp is for each such nation. (268798)

[holding answer 20 April 2009]: 18 National Olympic Committees (NOC) and one National Paralympic Committee (NPC) have signed agreements for Pre Games Training Camps (PGTC) in the UK. They include agreements between the Kenyan Olympic Committee and Bristol, the National Olympic Committee of Thailand and Manchester, 15 of the Pacific Island National Olympic Committees and the North West and the Australian Olympic Swim Team with Manchester. Also the Australian Paralympic Committee have signed up to utilise such facilities as the Wales National Pool in Swansea, the National Whitewater Centre in Bala and the National Velodrome in Swansea.

Three years out from the Games the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the nine English regions and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are undertaking promotional activity to attract PGTCs ahead of 2012. LOCOG will be developing the London 2012 website to indicate when NOCs and NPCs have agreed to utilise a PGTC for their athlete preparations.